Have high-speed internet? Switch to High-Speed

Videos load too SLOW? Switch to Low-Speed

Local solutions on a sinking paradise, Carterets Islands, Papua New Guinea


21 April 2009


In December 2008, the low-lying Carterets Islands were badly damaged by king tides and violent storm surges. Nicholas Hakata, a local youth leader and community representative, explains that he and his family have been surviving on mainly fish and coconuts, and battling the swamp mosquitoes that have brought malaria.

With the local government's food aid ship coming once or twice a year, the relocation plans are equally as slow. Hungry and unwell, the islanders have set up a relocation team and have begun a series of urgent tasks to move families closer to security.

Made in collaboration with Nicholas Hakata, Tulele Peisa and Ursula Rakmova
Camera/Editor by Luis Patron
Producer/Editor by Citt Williams

Support Tulele Peisa relocation program - tulelepeisa.org

To see other stories in the UNU's Indigenous Perspectives of Climate change videobrief series:

UNU Webmagazine ourworld.unu.edu and UNU's Traditional Knowledge Initiative unutki.org

Filmmaker: United Nations University

Filmmaker Contact:


Producer's Name: Citt Williams

Year of Production: 2009

Country: Papua New Guinea

Region: Bougainville

See more

More from this channel: UNU